Lonardo v. Mesa County Detention Facility et al
ORDER by Magistrate Judge Kristen L. Mix on 4/27/16. Motion to Compel Responses to Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents # 44 and Defendants Motion for Extension of Discovery Deadline # 45 are GRANTED. (lgale, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 15-cv-00492-KLM
THOMAS JAMES LONARDO,
GRACE FARRELL, RN,
KAREN TUCKER, CRN, and
ENTERED BY MAGISTRATE JUDGE KRISTEN L. MIX
This matter is before the Court on Defendants’ Motion to Compel Responses to
Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents [#44]1 (the “Motion to
Compel”) and on Defendants’ Motion for Extension of Discovery Deadline [#45] (the
“Motion for Extension”). The deadline for Plaintiff, who proceeds as a pro se litigant,2 to
timely respond to the Motion to Compel [#44] has lapsed. See D.C.COLO.LCivR 7.1(d).
“[#44]” is an example of the convention the Court uses to identify the docket number
assigned to a specific paper by the Court’s case management and electronic case filing system
(CM/ECF). This convention is used throughout this Order.
The Court must construe the filings of pro se litigants liberally. See Haines v. Kerner, 404
U.S. 519, 520-21 (1972); Hall v. Bellmon, 935 F.2d 1106, 1110 (10th Cir. 1991). However, the
Court should not be the pro se litigant’s advocate, nor should the Court “supply additional factual
allegations to round out [the pro se litigant’s] complaint or construct a legal theory on [his] behalf.”
Whitney v. New Mexico, 113 F.3d 1170, 1173-74 (10th Cir. 1997) (citing Hall, 935 F.2d at 1110).
In addition, pro se litigants must follow the same procedural rules that govern other litigants.
Nielson v. Price, 17 F.3d 1276, 1277 (10th Cir. 1994).
In the Motion to Compel [#44], Defendants assert that they propounded written
discovery to Plaintiff on February 3, 2016. See Ex. A, Def.’s First Set of Written Discovery
to Plaintiff Thomas James Lombardo [#44-1]. The discovery requests included copies of
waivers for Plaintiff’s medical and incarceration records. See id. at 11-16. Plaintiff did not
respond in any way to the requests, and on March 14, 2016, in compliance with Fed. R.
Civ. P. 37(a)(1), Defendants wrote Plaintiff a letter requesting that he answer the discovery
requests and sign the provided waivers. See Ex. B, Letter to Plaintiff dated 3/14/16 [#44-2].
Plaintiff also failed to respond to the letter. Motion to Compel [#44] at 3.
Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 37(a)(3)(B), “[a] party seeking discovery may move for
an order compelling an answer, designation, production, or inspection. This motion may
be made if: . . . (iii) a party fails to answer an interrogatory submitted under Rule 33; or (iv)
a party fails to produce documents . . . as requested under Rule 34.” Here, the written
discovery propounded by Defendants consisted of interrogatories under Rule 33 and
requests for production under Rule 34. See Ex. A [#44-1]. Given Plaintiff’s failure to
respond to the discovery propounded on him by Defendants on February 3, 2016,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Motion to Compel [#44] is GRANTED. Plaintiff
shall respond to Defendants’ First Set of Written Discovery to Plaintiff Thomas James
Lonardo [#44-1] (including Defendants’ request for waivers regarding Plaintiff’s medical and
incarceration records) no later than May 27, 2016. Plaintiff is warned that failure to
timely respond will result in sanctions, including the possible dismissal of his case
for failure to prosecute and comply with Court orders.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Motion for Extension [#45] is GRANTED. The
discovery deadline is extended to June 28, 2016.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED sua sponte that the dispositive motions deadline is
extended to July 28, 2016.
Dated: April 27, 2016
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